Timbers are large squared lengths of wood primarily purposed for building a house. There are all sorts of construction timbers out there on the market, each with its own unique set of properties. Here's a quick rundown of some of the most popular options:
A roof batten – sometimes called a timber batten, tile batten, wooden batten, counter batten, roofing lat or cladding batten – is a length of timber which is used in the construction of roofs and other structures. They are a very common building material and are relatively cheap to buy. However, in terms of their strength, they aren’t graded as they don’t serve any structural purpose and are not load-bearing.
Timber is used in the construction of properties and built into the floors, walls and ceilings. A few examples include:
Simply put, untreated timber is as it sounds; it is not treated with preservatives or chemicals. This makes it a more "natural" solution. Treated timber, on the other hand, is treated with chemicals and preservatives to make it last longer and protect it from rot, wear, and pests.
Our treated timber is pressure treated using tanalith e, producing tanalised timber. Dried Timber has been dried to specifically reduce moisture content.
Here at Materials Market, all our timber is treated with preservatives, kiln dried, and then planed all round to give it eased edges that make it easier to handle
Here at Materials Market, we list timber sizes in a couple of different ways. Timber lengths are usually referred to in imperial terms (inches rather than millimetres) and are characterised by their width and height. The most popular way we refer to size is in inches like '7 x 2' but we also use metric, which measures in millimeters (mm).
For 7 x 2 timber this would be 175mm x 50mm or 47mm x 175mm. We sell 47mm x 175mm on this website and this is used interchangeably with 7 x 2 to refer to the same size of product. The slight discrepancy of 3mm between 47mm and 50mm just means that the finish at the ends is a lot more even and easier to work with.
Whatever your project, our site is proud to present a wide range of standard sizes for easy fitting; offering timber products that will be of interest to both new and seasoned builders.